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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Panola College now enrolling Students for oil and gas technology program

Classes will be scheduled on the main campus in Carthage, Texas, and at the Shelby Regional Training Center in Center, Texas.

Panola College is accepting students for the Petroleum: Oil and Gas Technology Program for classes starting on August 23, 2010. Classes will be scheduled on the main campus in Carthage, Texas, and at the Shelby Regional Training Center in Center, Texas. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board gave the green light to begin offering the Associate of Applied Science Degree beginning in the Fall Semester 2007. This has allowed Panola College to be in the forefront of a business venture that will pump millions of dollars into the state’s economy.

The surge in oil and gas exploration and drilling operations has created a host of new jobs for educated men and women. Employment needs in the area are projected to range from 200 to 300 initially with a continuing need for additionally trained employees within the next several years.

Since 2007, Panola College has awarded 24 Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Petroleum Technology and 49 Certificates in Petroleum Technology. Recipients of the degrees and certificates have obtained secure, highly paid jobs in the Oil and Gas Industry. Positions are available locally and all around the world. The types of jobs vary including lease operators, plant operators, engineering technologists, electrical specialists, and automation technicians.

Panola College’s Petroleum: Oil and Gas Technology program curriculum was developed for and in consultation with Chevron, BP Energy, Mark West, Gulf South, J-W Power Company, Samson Lonestar, Hanover, Chesapeake, Anadarko, Valerus Compression, Devon Energy, the Gas Compression Association, BP, and Universal Compression. Chevron Mid-Continent/Alaska Business Unit is anticipating approximately 500 retirements of Operations & Maintenance personnel over the next 5-10 years according to Darcy Strain, Employee Recruiter for Chevron. The need for qualified employees is a general rule for all Oil and Gas Industries.

Petroleum and technical courses required for the degree include Introduction to the Petroleum Industry, Drilling Operations, Completion Operations, Production Operations, Natural Gas Processing, Health/Safety, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Electrical Systems, Motors Controls, Automation, GIS, and Welding.

One exciting aspect of the Associate Degree is the Summer Internship program with the various oil and gas industry partners. For students to participate in the summer internship, they must have completed two semesters of the Petroleum program and be recommend by their professors. A special career fair with oil and gas industry employers is arranged each spring semester during which students have the opportunity to interview and obtain internships for the summer.

For more information about this program contact 936-591-9075 and ask for Dr. Joe Shannon (jshannon@panola.edu) or Mr. Gary Hughes, (ghughes@panola.edu).

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